The 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship is currently taking place in Panama and is two games away from narrowing down the top three teams that will play for berths to the Under-20 World Cup.
Sawicki and the Canadian contingency have gone undefeated in the group phase with eight goals and none conceded. To qualify for the World Cup, the Canadians must finish amongst the top three teams in CONCACAF, which can be done with a win tonight, Mar.9 or a win on Sunday, Mar. 11.
The Canadians opened the tournament on Mar. 1 blanking the Haiti Under-20 team 5-0 and continued through their pool defeating both Jamaica (2-0 on Mar. 3) and Mexico (1-0 on Mar. 5) to top their pool. Sawicki, a 2011 CIS second-team all-canadian, is sporting the number six on her jersey. She has started each match of the tournament and been an integral part of the attacking midfield line, playing valuable minutes.
“Anytime that you are starting for a national team, whether it is the Under-20 or World Cup squad, it is a feather in your cap,” said Vikes women’s soccer head coach Tracy David about Sawicki’s consistent start for Canada. “Jaclyn has worked very hard to receive the honour of starting and playing for Canada. I think she deserves a lot of credit for where she is right now. She is a very, very good soccer player with a long national team career ahead of her if she keeps working as hard as she has been.”
Tonight’s semifinals pit the the United States against Mexico, set to kickoff at 2:00 p.m. (PST), and the Canadians against hosts, Panama at 5:00 p.m. (PST). The third place game will take place on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 2:00 p.m. (PST) and the finals will be set for 5:00 p.m. (PST).
Canada has never faced Panama in the final-four phase, as Panama is looking towards their best-ever finish in any CONCACAF women’s competition. With a home crowd of over 1,000 expected for the semifinal showdown, the Canadians will look to lead goal scorers Catherine Charron-Delage, Jenna Richardson and Nkem Ezurike to keep them on pace.
The 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championships are taking place at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Ciudad de Panama, Panama and can be followed live online at CONCACAF TV.
CANADA U-20 ROSTER:
1- GK- Sabrina D’Angelo | USA / University of South Carolina
2- M- Kylie Davis | USA / University of Memphis
3- D- Nicole Hill | USA / University of Georgia
4- D- Rachel Melhado | USA / University of Louisville
5- D- Shelina Zadorsky | USA / University of Michigan
6- M- Jaclyn Sawicki | CAN / University of Victoria
7- M- Constance de Chantal-Dumont | CAN / Champlain College Saint-Lambert
8- M- Danica Wu | USA / Ohio State
9- M- Catherine Charron-Delage | CAN / Comètes de Laval
10- F- Christabel Oduro | USA / University of Memphis
11- F- Jenna Richardson | USA / Oregon State University
12- D- Nicole Setterlund | USA / Washington State University
13- F- Amélia Pietrangelo | USA / Rutgers University
15- D- Vanessa Legault-Cordisco | USA / Marquette University
16- M- Diamond Simpson | CAN / Hamilton FC
17- F- Nkem Ezurike | USA / University of Michigan
18- GK- Dayle Colpitts | USA / Virginia Tech
19- M- Olivia Colosimo | USA / Butler University
20- D- Lauren Granberg | USA / Ohio State University
21- D- Christine Exeter | USA / University of Louisville